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4 stars dEUS are obviously influenced by (among others) Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits and a whole load of grunge bands, but the combination of Klaas Janszoon's minimalist violin playing and the rest of the band's aggressive (by no means simplistic) riffing inevitably recalls David Cross-era King Crimson.

I am convinced that any admirer of Crimso's darker, heavier compositions will love this album, which will probably be admired by ANYONE of an adventurous and truly progressive mindbent, as it is one of the most varied and colourful albums of the 1990s.

dEUS have triumphed throughout continental Europe, but since they hail from a small (and supposedly boring) country like Belgium, they've never cracked the British market, probably because they are simply too weird. (Their vocalist sounds vaguely American but no-one has any idea what he looks like; no-one knows if the band are truly working class, as 'proper' rock 'n' rollers are supposed to be; and dEUS have never recorded the kind of 'anthem' that could be bellowed out by the crowd at Glastonbury.)

Finally, let's not forget this album contains several tunes so beautiful and pure that you won't easily forget them, such as 'Little Arithmetics', 'Guilty Pleasures' and 'For the Roses'. Furthermore, 'Disappointed in the Sun' is the kind of sad ballad any band in the world would be proud of.

fuxi | 4/5 |


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